Birmingham - Freightliner Depot inspection visit

Health & safety

We regulate health and safety for the entire mainline rail network in Britain, as well as London Underground, light rail, trams and the heritage sector.

ORR and Network Rail inspecting earthworks/sidings

Economic regulation

We regulate Network Rail and other railway networks including the Channel Tunnel and High Speed 1.

Passengers at the concourse of Liverpool Street station


We undertake a range of work to improve the passenger experience in areas such as compensation, retailing of train tickets and passenger accessibility.

Train on the tracks in Leeds

Operator access to the network

If a railway operator wants to access the railway network, they have to apply to us for a track access agreement.

Train at London Blackfriars station

Operator licences & exemptions

We issue licences and licence exemptions to railway operators.

Section of the M62 near Scammonden with vehicles on it


We are responsible for monitoring and enforcing the performance and efficiency of National Highways.

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New, major, upgraded or renewed infrastructure or rolling stock projects we have authorised into service.

ORR careers

Our people have an exciting mix of skills, backgrounds and levels of experience.

Train driver licences

Information you need to know about train driver licences.

Popular publications

ORR Business plan

What we aim to achieve to meet our four strategic objectives.

Accessible Travel Policy guidance

Guidance for train and station operators.


The Risk Management Maturity Model is the criteria we use to assess an organisation's ability to achieve excellence when controlling health and safety risks.